The International Universum Dance Award prize-giving ceremony was held on Saturday, August 25th last in the splendid Sala Raffaello of Legato Albani Palace in Urbino. The competition, for dancers aged 18 and over, promoted by Mr. Valerio Giovanni Ruberto of Universum Academy Switzerland (Lugano) with the collaboration of its Marches Regional Office, was artistically directed by internationally renown Apulia ballerina, teacher, choreographer and Universum Ambassador At Large, Roberta Di Laura.
The competition aims to reward excellence in dance at a national and international level and also offers special awards for a talented young “Dance Promise” and lifetime achievement “A life for dance”. The International Jury chosen by the Artistic Director was composed of Presidents of different sections of the Unesco approved International Dance Council of Paris: Aelita Kondratova (Saint Petersburg), Kan Ichi Segawa (Tokyo), Mona D’Amours (Canada) e Michael Jacques (Miami).
Winners of the first edition are: Roberta Giorgi and Felicia Matera, respectively first and second. Young ballerina Desirée Mazza received the “Dance Promise” award and the “A Life for Dance” lifetime achievement award went to international choreographer Luisa Signorelli.
A large number of Authorities and Personalities from the world of culture and volunteering were present. Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by soprano Anna Guastalli who delighted the audience with her beautiful voice.
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